Curriculum and Advising Resources
Accounting is known as the language of business, but all organizations need to speak the language in order to measure their performance and achieve their goals. The accounting program at UNC Asheville is designed to help students speak the language fluently and understand the various environments and organizations where it is applied. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting provides students with the essential knowledge and skills to follow any career path in accounting or management. The degree requirements emphasize the mission-driven skills of communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and life-long learning. Global considerations, issues of sustainability, ethics, and technology are integrated throughout the curriculum. The degree facilitates students acquiring the credit hours of accounting necessary to sit for the CPA exam in North Carolina. Students considering this career path should be aware that there might be additional education and experience requirements necessary to become a CPA after passing the exam.
- Business Core: All accounting majors are required to complete foundational core courses that address content areas such as accounting, finance, decision making, leadership, ethics, legal and regulatory environments, quantitative methods, information technology, systems, and individual and group behavior.
- Accounting Core: Students majoring in accounting will enroll in courses that provide foundational and advanced content knowledge and skills in the areas financial, managerial, systems, and audit.
- Introductory Seminar and Capstone: All accounting majors must first complete an introductory seminar course (MGMT 130) that will set the stage for learning about all types of organizations and expose them to a variety of important skills and knowledge areas prior to enrolling in subsequent core courses. Students will conclude their major coursework by enrolling in a strategic management capstone (MGMT 480) designed to close the loop on creating connections between theory and practice.
- Student Choice: In addition to the business and accounting core courses, majors in accounting will be required to enroll in a minimum of 6 additional credit hours in ACCT at the 300-400 level or MGMT 380. We encourage students to consider completing additional courses if they plan to sit for the CPA exam. Please refer to the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA exam.
- Scheduling: Accounting majors and students both in the post-baccalaureate program and non-degree seekers who have chosen to take course work to be qualified to sit for the CPA exam will be able to complete their program of study in a timely fashion. The frequency of the offering for both required and elective accounting courses allows for the implementation of students’ choices and for the program to better serve the stakeholders who benefit from the accounting degree program. Please refer to the offerings for the major required courses and a planning tool for elective courses.
- Program Faculty – Professors Shields, Zelazny, and Hughes.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting
1. The Business and Accounting Core (52 credits):
- MGMT 130, 230, 250, 300, 480;
- ECON 101, 102, 306; STAT 185 or 225;
- ACCT 215, 216, 301, 302, 317, 340, 415;
- A grade of C or higher in ACCT 215, 216, 301, 302, 317, 415 and MGMT 480 is required to progress through the Accounting curriculum and graduate.
2. Electives (minimum of 6 credits):
- Chosen from 300-400 level ACCT or MGMT 380
- Relevant courses may be substituted with approval of the Department Chair and in consultation with the ACCT Faculty.
- Students seeking to sit for the CPA exam at the conclusion of their degree program at UNC Asheville are recommended to enroll in ACCT 321, 322, 416, 417, 418, and 447. Please refer to the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA exam.
- Students seeking experiential learning and field work should consider enrolling in ACCT 342 (VITA Service Learning), ACCT 405 (Accounting Internship), and any additional study abroad and undergraduate research (ACCT 499) experiences.
- For those students seeking to develop further global understanding of business and finance should consider enrolling in the Diversity Intensive (DI) MGMT 398 (Global Business), MGMT 405 (Advanced Topics in Global Business), and/or MGMT 407 (Global Finance).
Requirements for the Minor in Accounting
18 hours including: ACCT 215, 216, 301, and at least nine hours chosen from ACCT 302, 317, 342, 417 and MGMT 300.
Note: University-wide minimum requirements for a minor: 1) one-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed in residence at UNC Asheville, to include at least 6 hours at the 300- 400 level; 2) students must have a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 2.0 on minor courses taken at UNC Asheville.
Declaration of Major or Minor in Accounting
Declaring a major or minor in Accounting requires the student to complete a Declaration of Major or Minor form that must be completed online. Students are required to declare a major once they have earned 60 semester hours. Students who do not declare a major after earning 60 semester hours will have a hold placed on their records that prevents registration. LANG 120 must be completed within the first two semesters of enrollment at UNC Asheville; students must earn a C- in LANG 120.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the specific changes to curriculum that go into effect in Fall 2017?
In summary, the changes to the Accounting Major and Minor are both substantive and transformational. The credit hours in the major will drop to 58 hours from 64 hours, and the minor will drop to 18 hours from 22 hours. These changes reflect detailed feedback (survey and anecdotal) from stakeholder groups, along with objective concerns about credit hours and the values for student choice and exploration in the context of a public liberal arts university. Additionally, this will now ensure compliance with the University’s major credit cap limit whereby students’ credit hours earned in their major program of study and the Liberal Arts Core cannot exceed 100 credit hours to afford a minimum of 20 credits of free electives (to be earned inside or outside of the major department). Here is an overview of the changes in the ACCT curriculum.
- Reduction in the credit hour requirements for the ACCT Major and Minor. This refers to substantial changes in the major and minor that reduces the credit hours and affords greater choice to students. The proposed changes also ensure compliance with the credit cap and ensure opportunities for students to enroll in courses that will provide sufficient preparation to sit for the CPA examination.
- We added ACCT 342 VITA Service Learning to offer a new experiential service learning course for students interested in tax preparation to support underprivileged communities.
- We removed ACCT 320, 341, and 411 from the curriculum. The deletion of these two 1-credit hour courses whereby content will be embedded across the curriculum, and a 3-credit hour elective was never offered due to limited student demand.
2. Will I be permitted to take more than the required 58 hours in the major?
Absolutely! Students who seek to sit for the CPA exam upon graduation will be afforded the opportunity within their 4-year graduation plan to take courses that are part of the 30-hour requirement. Additionally, students may, after consultation with their adviser, enroll in additional ACCT, ECON, and MGMT electives that may help them further broaden their knowledge and skillsets.
3. What do you recommend for ACCT majors who seek to minor in Management?
Students seeking to minor in Management (19 hours) are encouraged to enroll in MGMT 380 (Management Science) as an ACCT elective as part of their major or complete MGMT 398 (Global Management), which also satisfies the Diversity Intensive requirement in the LAC. Other courses as part of the Business Core (ACCT 215, MGMT 130, 230, 300, 480) are already required for the ACCT major. The addition of 380 or 398 will then satisfy the Management Minor.
4. Should I re-declare from the previous ACCT major/minor to the new one?
We recommend that students consult with their academic adviser in Accounting regarding this question. It depends on your situation. Since we have reduced the minimum credit hours required in major and minor, students graduating after December 2017 will benefit greatly by this change. So, advise students who are new to the major to re-declare, and those who are within two semesters of graduation on a case-by-case basis depending on their situation.
5. If I re-declare and completed ACCT 317, do I still need to complete ACCT 216?
No. You may request that ACCT 216 be waived as a requirement. Complete this form with your adviser and submit to the Department Chair in OWE 112 for approval. Note that if you plan to sit for the CPA, you may need additional credit hours in Accounting to meet the 30-hour educational requirements as stated above.
6. If I choose not to declare into new major and have not yet taken ACCT 320 and ACCT 341, what do I do?
These courses will no longer be offered. Therefore, you may request that these be waived. Complete this form with your adviser and submit to the Department Chair in OWE 112 for approval. Note that if you plan to sit for the CPA, you may need additional credit hours in Accounting to meet the 30-hour educational requirements as stated above.
Course Descriptions & Important Documents
- Log into OnePort to access GradPlan for a Degree Planning Checklist
- Suggested 4-year Plan
- Course Offerings Planning Tool
- Educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA exam
While these documents are updated every semester, always consult the UNC Asheville Course Catalog for official major requirements and course descriptions.